Lately, we’ve seen quite a few 32-inch TVs at tech2 and they’re priced all over the place. One of the higher-end, yet affordable ones we called in for is the LG 32LS4600. Priced at just around Rs. 35,000 in the market, it’s an interesting product for a number of reasons, even though it lacks smart TV capabilities and 3D functionality, for example. Of course, the price is attractive, so we’ll now see if the LG 32LS4600 is good enough for everyday non-3D usage.
The 32LS4600 uses a full HD (1920 x 1080) LED-backlit IPS panel. In terms of connectivity, there are three HDMI inputs and one component which should take care of all your primary HD sources: DTH, HTPC, gaming console, etc.
Connectors at the rear and some on the side
There’s also an Ethernet port. This isn’t a smart TV, but it lets you stream content over a home network and is DLNA compliant. There’s also one USB port so you can connect a USB storage device. We tried using a 500GB hard drive formatted with NTFS file system and the TV was able to read it just fine.
Design and build quality
In terms of looks, it’s one of the sleeker TVs we've seen recently. While most of the TVs have plastic backs, the LG 32LS4600 uses metal when it comes to the rear. The screen is surrounded by a thin bezel. The stand is attractive and sturdy and it also offers some amount of flexibility—you can swivel the screen.
Physical buttons replaced with touch-sensitive ones
The TV also uses touchscreen controls instead of traditional physical buttons like on all other TVs in this range. Most of the connectors are positioned at the back, with only one HDMI port and USB port on the side.
The remote control design also comes from some of the high-end TVs from the brand. We wish LG would work on the build quality of the remote itself or at least make the feel better than it currently is. The remote has a good size and a very easy-to-understand layout. It’s the same case with the user interface.
Not much has changed with the remote – typical LG button layout
The interface is actually very attractive and isn’t the least bit intimidating. The TV starts up with a wizard-based system that takes care of most of the settings for you. The user interface on the TV is identical to other models from LG. It has large icons and numbers, which are all very easy to identify and get used to. If you’ve used a recent LG TV, you’ll feel right at home. The interface isn’t sluggish either.
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